“Roseanne” showrunner and executive producer Bruce Helford says Americans should just ignore the star’s highly-offensive and controversial recent and past actions and remarks. Last week a 2009 profile in a magazine about Jewish culture was unearthed showing Roseanne Barr dressed up as Hitler, complete with mustache and swastika armband, pulling burnt “Jew cookies” out of an oven.
Asked if Barr dressing up as Hitler, and “her social media posts — sharing conspiracy theories, etc. — impact the message that you’re trying to send with the show?” Helford would not respond directly.
“All I can say on that is that I was listening to a CNN discussion and the subject came up of her personal politics and the attitude was generally, look, everybody’s got the right to say what they’re gonna say and that’s not what the show is,” Helford told The Hollywood Reporter.
“The show is not representing her personal politics. The Conners were Bill Clinton voters back in the day. Those people have very heavily shifted toward Trump,” he said.
But that’s not correct. The show clearly injects some of Barr’s politics. Even the right-leaning Mediaite says Barr’s “TV character is heavily-based on the actress who plays her.”
Helford claims they “did our due diligence on what all that would be about. And the show, aside from the fact that Roseanne Barr and Roseanne Conner both happen to be Trump supporters, has been borne out to be pretty realistic, in terms of the demographics of that area [the Midwest]. But aside from that, there’s a big difference between anyone’s personal politics and what the show is about. They’re not meant to be interrelated in any way.”
What the producers “meant” and how many viewers – among them, President Donald Trump – see the show, then, is very different.
And Helford’s claim that they did their due dilligence is shattered when he’s asked specifically, “How do you feel seeing the star of your show dressed as a Nazi?”
“I know that Roseanne is a very staunch supporter of Israel and she has said as much. I imagine there’s probably some amount of parody involved and all that. I don’t know the context of that so I wouldn’t make a comment on it,” he says.
To repeat: “I don’t know the context of that.”
Clearly, no “due diligence.”
“My feeling,” Helford continues, plugging the show, “is that people should just watch the show and judge it on its merits. Watch the show without the accompanying background noise. Everybody, including Roseanne, wanted the show to be balanced. When we talk about wanting to open a dialogue in America, that’s something that the show does. We’re not trying to perform brain surgery or cure cancer. We all hoped that this would open a dialogue where people would start laughing at themselves a little bit, get a little less polarized and realize that this is a universal conversation. Lots of families find themselves divided on these issues. There’s got to be a way to talk and still love each other the way that Roseanne and Jackie made their peace [in the revival’s premiere]. And that’s really what we want to have come out of it.”
Some on social media were not buying Helford’s argument:
— Your Highness (@StillDreaming) April 4, 2018
Nope. Sorry, Bruce Helford. I suppose you expect us to watch ‘The Cosby Show’ with old ignorant eyes as well? https://t.co/0SLNkPP7VK
— house of snarks (@houseofsnarks) April 4, 2018
Bruce Helford has no comment on @therealroseanne dressing like hitler and making oven jokes because he “doesn’t know the context” but he CAN comment that she is staunch supporter of Israel and imagine a parodic context, as tho that justifies violent anti-semitic gestures. pic.twitter.com/O5BSHSuF4V
— Ioneenknoyo (@DubJ) April 4, 2018
Bruce Helford is kidding, right?
— Darrell Jones (@d_d_jones) April 4, 2018
Doesn’t your conscience bother you? Like, at all? Or have you worked in Hollywood too long? https://t.co/41itPiSNMl
— Ben Varkentine (@Varkentine) April 4, 2018
Absolutely not. His name is Bruce Helford and I think he should separate his head from her “controversial” ass. She’s a fucking menace. She promotes dangerous conspiracies that hurt people and giving her a fucking platform for the already lunatic trump base to rally behind is bad https://t.co/ozcQ3mprtJ
— Valor Club Resists (@valor_club) April 4, 2018
When you are a rich white man like show’s boss, Bruce Helford, it’s easy to get past the racism, bigotry, and the hate Roseanne represents because none of it is directed at you.
But God forbid @jemelehill says anything against Trump, she would get instantly suspended.
— ___📎___ (@ThinSkinTrump) April 4, 2018
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Kobe Bryant Dead in Helicopter Accident: TMZ
Basketball great Kobe Bryant has died in a tragic helicopter accident, along with everyone on board, TMZ was first to report. The 41-year old NBA star played with the LA Lakers for two decades. He retired in 2016.
“Kobe was traveling with at least 3 other people in his private helicopter when it went down,” TMZ adds. “A fire broke out. Emergency personnel responded, but nobody on board survived. 5 people are confirmed dead. We’re told Vanessa Bryant was not among those on board.”
The LA County Sheriff’s Office posted this tweet, but did not include Bryant’s name.
Avoid the area until further notice.
— LA County Sheriffs (@LASDHQ) January 26, 2020
In 2013 after his own missteps Bryant stepped up to correct a fan for using the word “gay” as a slur. Nearly seven years ago, it was a big moment for awareness and for the LGBTQ community.
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) February 11, 2013
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The Saudi Crown Prince Tried to Have a Comedian and Critic Kidnapped on US Soil — but the FBI Stopped It: Report
In an exclusive interview with the Daily Beast, 27-year-old comedian and former USD student Abdulrahman Almutairi revealed that he was nearly kidnapped by a suspected agent of the Saudi government and it happened on American soil.
Almutairi, who has a huge social media following, has been an outspoken critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. While the Saudi leader may have the power to take out critics in other countries, in the United States it’s not an acceptable form of legal action.
“After Almutairi used social media to criticize the powerful Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman over the October 2018 murder and dismemberment of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi, an unidentified Saudi man accompanied Almutairi’s father on a flight to collect Almutairi against his will and bring him back to Saudi Arabia, according to The Daily Beast’s sources,” reported the Beast.
Almutairi said that he’s certain if he ever returns to Saudi Arabia that he’ll be killed in the airport.
It was also revealed this week that MBS’s cell phone number was responsible for hacking Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’s cell phone.
“There is a pattern of the Saudi authorities, particularly over the last two years, targeting individuals—high profile people with a big Saudi audience, either because they’re critical of MBS or the government or not just for what they say but what they don’t say, if they’re insufficiently supportive,” said Agnes Callamard, the United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings.
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Schiff reminded the Senators who will decide the fate of the nation’s chief executive that 15,000 Ukrainians have already died fighting Russia. That was after Vladimir Putin illegally annexed Crimea.
And he reminded the Senators that President Trump withheld nearly $400 million in congressionally-approved military aid to Ukraine, despite the nation’s fight against Russia.
That military aid helps “to protect and advance American national security interests in the region and beyond.
Quoting a House impeachment inquiry witness, Schiff said: “The United States aids Ukraine and her people so that we can fight Russia over there so we don’t have to fight Russia here.”
Rep. Adam Schiff: Ukraine military aid was "designed to help Ukraine defend itself from the Kremlin's aggression. More than 15,000 Ukrainians have died fighting Russian forces and their proxies. 15,000." https://t.co/C7AyPvvSTr pic.twitter.com/PUmMDzRcy1
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